Sondergaard Feb 2022

Dear Family and Friends:
As we begin another year, perhaps you have thought of goals or directions for your life. If you were to have a theme for this year, a good theme would be, “Walking with God.” Or to put it another way perhaps, “Taking another step with God.” No matter where you are in your walk with God, may this year find you taking that next step (or steps) with God. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.John 10:27.

For some time, we have desired to grow as a church in prayer. At our Wednesday night services, during our prayer time, there seemed to be a hesitation to pray together. Then in the last two or three months, there has been an openness as burdens were shared and each person prayed. The first Wednesday night everyone prayed, Paul gave a short devotional thought on the idea of praying together (using examples from the early church and Scriptural commands). Not knowing how they would respond, Paul took some requests and opened the time for prayer. We were thrilled as each person there that night prayed for and with one another. Although we still need to grow in prayer, we are encouraged to see steps of growth.

In previous letters we asked you to pray for Bob. He faithfully comes to the services and is showing a desire to grow in his walk with God. His wife died about a year ago due to drug overdose and then the grandmother used the tribe to remove the children from the home. Bob is working through the Tribal Court requirements and hopes his children will be back soon. Until then, the Tribal Court requires him to take a parenting class, so Paul is using some preaching videos on parenting. Last week when the video ended, Bob could hardly speak as he was confronted with convicting truth. Please pray the truths he hears will help him to be the father he should be and help him to have a home where God is glorified.

This Sunday, Paul is beginning a series on addictions for the adult Sunday School class. Our hearts are burdened as we see so many live in defeat to the consuming control of addictions. Please pray as we discover the life- changing truth of God’s Word. Specifically, please pray for Simon, Carol, Ida, and Cyrus. Also please pray for Paul as he prepares and teaches.

Please pray for Tommy and Shannon our next-door neighbors. Shannon came to a recent ladies Bible study and really responded to the truths. She has a salvation testimony and a good foundation in the Bible. Last Saturday, Shannon came over and Naomi began a Bible Study using The Encounter which looks at three people in the Bible who met Jesus. Paul is hoping for opportunities with Tommy but has been hindered through scheduling.

For the last few months, we have been joined by Mike and Sue Smith. For several years, Pastor Smith has pastored a small work nearby, but due to various changes out of their control, they felt the need to close their doors– at least temporarily. The Smiths have faithfully served the Lord for many years and have seen God bless their ministry in wonderful ways. The Smiths and their people are joining Living Waters Baptist Church and have already been a great help through preaching, music, and counseling.

You may remember us mentioning the need to replace our modular building. This is where we have children’s classes, ladies Bible studies, and fellowship meals. The current building is a modular and was built in the 1950’s. In recent years, its age has begun to show. Through the sacrifice of God’s people, we are beginning the process of replacing the building. Please pray as we work through many permits, testing, inspections, planning, scheduling, and so much more.

All for Jesus,

Paul and Naomi Sondergaard
Ruthanne, Nathan, Hannah, Aletheia, and Andrew

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Veldhuis February 2022

Dear Family and Friends In Christ,
Belated best wishes and prayers for a healthy and rewarding 2022 accompany our genuine

gratitude for the numerous persons and ways our Lord strengthened and provided for bus, building, and property repairs in time for our December 8-10 Native Revival and the ensuing Christmas ministries.

Unseasonably warm weather delayed fruit picking until after our revival, but the unforgettable three days’ fellowship, testimonies, preaching, and godly music set a perfect trajectory for the remainder of December’s compressed opportune labors.

Only the combined prayers, in person help, and perfect gifts from too many of you to name could’ve gotten hundreds of fruit bags and a clear Gospel invitation to almost each of our three reservations’ homes in time for our Christmas service!

Donations of every sort throughout the year were the heart of dozens of age and gender-specific gifts- used in turn to invite individuals of any age to trust and receive God’s unspeakable gift of eternal life in the Lord Jesus Christ as the full payment for their sin (II Cor, 5:21, 9:15)

Several teens from the normally closed traditional Brown, Day, and Garcia families heard the gospel again, though none made professions of faith. PRAY for true conversions of those asking questions about the Gospel as well as for the spiritual needs of the many nominal believers through weekly services, Bible clubs, and our revival with Pastor Joe Doyel of Emmanuel Rescue Mission, Los Angeles, CA, February 6th-9th.

HUGE THANKS to the many who helped revive our 1982 20 passenger bus for daily pickups and to Treasure Valley Baptist Church of Meridian, Idaho for vastly improving our pickups for meetings like this through their donation of a beautiful 66 passenger bus. The chance to replace our other “bondo bus” with this larger cruiser made weeks of sanding and painting it to Arizona requirements more than worthwhile!

P.T.L. for renewing my C.D.L. through strict annual neurological and cardiovascular tests and for healing Dawn sufficiently from Covid-aggravated bronchitis to carry on all her 15-passenger van pick-ups and ladies and children’s ministries!

We have scarcely scratched the surface of describing the unending needs and means of reaching Native Americans with the Gospel and so thank you for trusting us with the unmentioned challenges and faithfully furthering every labor through prayer.

PRAISES:

  • ●  Never imagined bus and vehicle provisions and repairs
  • ●  Jehovah-jireh’s enabling and spiritual stirring through our best Native revival yet, Dec.8-10, 2021.
  • ●  Spiritual impact of Jacob and Lydia’s Jan. 7-8 youth rally on our teens.
  • ●  Long needed widening of our church drive while tackling large operational facility projects.
  • ●  Protection of the Cocopah from sister Quechan Nation Covid outbreaks.
  • ●  Increasingly faithful North Reservation church and Youth Night attendees.

PETITIONS:

  • ●  No loss of lives from misuse of huge annual Cocopah casino checks, Feb. 11-18.
  • ●  Enormous legal, spiritual, and mental needs of Lorie and Salvador’s teen children.
  • ●  Resurrection week revival meetings at Maranatha Baptist Church with Evangelist Tim Green.
  • ●  Millie, Salvador, Lori, and each of our safety and major health needs.
  • ●  Scheduling and preparations for summer camps and Neighborhood Bible Time.
  • ●  Dawn and my frequent lack of helpers with Jacob and Lydias’ focus on their new Quechan church plant.
  • ●  Daren, our oldest saved man’s healing from MERCA. Gratefully Yours In Christ, Michael and Dawn Veldhuis
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Grammer January 2022

Dear Friends in Christ

In the fall of 1972, we packed up our 3 girls (later God gave us 2 more daughters and a son) and left Maryland, where we were on staff at a Christian camp.  We had a tent for a home on the road and were headed for Arizona to minister to the American Indian tribes.  This is our 50th year of ministering here in the southwest and God has faithfully met all our needs-and more!
Our aim was to train the Believers in the different tribes to reach and minister to their own people.
1-They lived there and knew the people personally.  Also, they weren’t strangers to the people in their own community.  They are also able to live on the Reservation among them, as they are tribal members by birth.
2-Many of them knew their tribal languages.  Our public education system has made English known to most but the elderly still have a primary language of their people.  (There is also a push among the younger generations to learn their native language and not lose their tribal identity.)
3-They know the traditions and culture of their people.  They would recognize whether a practice is merely an acceptable habit or if there is religious significance connected to it.
Learning about God’s Word has made some aware of their need for salvation and over the years, we have had opportunities to lead some to Christ personally.   However, much of our ministry has been in local churches and among Christians.
This past month, a Navajo lady shared with us how the death of a cousin allowed her father to lead his sister (mother of the deceased) to Christ.  We asked her father’s name, wondering if we knew him.  We didn’t know him, but she then shared how her father was led to Christ by another Believer.  This Believer was one of our Bible School students from years past and is now pastoring on the Reservation.  What a blessing to see God is working still in lives and that He has seen fit to let us be a part of this work.
Please continue to pray with us as plans are even now in progress for the Easter teleconference with the Navajo Bible Conference.
Also pray with us for the upcoming classes of the Northern Arizona School of the Bible that are scheduled to begin in March. 
 Many of the Navajo churches are slow to reopen after this pandemic and we are hoping they will soon be able to once again begin the Dine Bible Institute on the Navajo Reservation.  We have heard from some of the former students that are eager to be back in class.  Pray with us for wisdom for the pastors to open the churches back up.
Pray:  We have already been in contact with men that want to help again next summer in the construction of the radio station project in Thorne Bay,  Alaska.   We need to schedule their time in AK as they need to put in for vacation time at their jobs.  
 There is still no electric to the property and a diesel powered generator will cost around $6,000. Pray that electric will become available.  It will eliminate this expense and will also allow us to broadcast through the night
as there is presently a restriction to running generators during the evening hrs to reduce the noise created by generators.
Thank you so much for your interest in our ministry and your participation by praying and giving financially.

Thank you for your part in our ministry.

II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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DeFord December 2021

Ministry News:

Hualapai Baptist Church is missions minded!

While HBC remains a mission work, it is no less missions minded. We currently support 17 missionaries world-wide. One of the ministries we support is the West Branch of the Bill Rice Ranch just down the road in Williams, AZ. Our men have helped with various projects at West Branch over

the years including a drywall project in November.

We continue to encourage our men to take on leadership roles at church. All of our Sunday school classes are currently taught by couples, including our beginner’s class. Our current deacon is also beginning to preach occasionally. The men often fill in for Steve when he has to be out of town. God continues to encourage us through the ministry to which He has called us.

Our home school co-op had opportunities to sing in church and at the elderly center. Both the ladies and mens groups enjoyed their Christmas parties. And the Sunday school classes presented a meaningful Christmas program.

The Independent Baptist Indian Mission is dedicated to reaching lost Native Americans with the gospel, and establishing strong Baptist Churches throughout North America. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry through your prayers and financial gifts.

Full house in December!

We were unusually blessed during the month of December to host two HBC missionaries in our home. Housing 18 people in our house at one time was a wonderful challenge with great fellowship.

Then Jon and Jackie were in from NC and Josh was home from TX. We had a great visit and are very thankful for the many Christmas gifts we received from you!

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Jones December 2021

Dear Family and Friends,

     My family and I hope you all had a great Christmas! God has been faithful towards my family and I (Jacob). This year was exciting! God provided $35,000 for us to purchase our land and property, New Haven Baptist Church got started, we experienced our first VBS on the Quechan Reservation, began Bible studies with the Teen boys and men, and have seen God work in great ways! We have seen several Natives come to Christ, a teenage boy was saved and called to preach, we have had the opportunity to baptize 2 teenagers, and we have had up to 30 people in attendance. To God be the glory! On the Cocopah Reservation, my family and I are continuing assisting the church with Sunday nights and Wednesday night services. On Wednesdays, my wife and I have the opportunity to run the Cocopah Teens for Christ Class. A lot of the teens have been so neglected by family that a lot of times they wonder if God even  exists. We are going through a series called “Be All You Can Be” (Luke 9:23). I go through Bible characters who were used by God and teach them what each characters had to do in order to be used by God. We had several come to Christ this year! Please keep these teens in your prayers! They have no one to care for them.

This year has been exciting and with all the things God is doing, we know Satan is working. Continue to pray for us as we minister to the reservations and nearby areas! 
As many of you know, my wife contracted Covid-19 in the middle of October. Although she still struggles with her lungs due to “post Covid syndrome,” God has been good and spared and preserved all 3 of us! We thank you for the prayers from many of you on our behalf!

God has been so good to us! We need to show our thankfulness by serving Him through our local church.

Here are a few goals we have for 2022

* We keep pressing forward in getting the gospel to the Cocopah and Quechan reservations.

* Try to get into the Quechan school.

* Minister more to the teenagers.

* Try to get fully supported.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me back.
“So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” 
1 Corinthians 3:7.
God is the one who grows the church. We are just to follow His leading. 

We want to thank everyone for your prayers and financial giving. We appreciate your time and sacrifice . 

Take Care and God Bless
Sincerely In Christ,
The Jones Family Missionaries to the Native Americans. 
Cell: (928) 315- 5057
Email: jacobjones6064@gmail.com

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Grammer November & December 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,
Each year, we try to visit our children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren that live along the east coast for Thanksgiving.  Therefore , we seldom send out a letter during the month of November but combine it with our December letter.  You haven’t been forgotten!
Recently we both lost a family member in death.  Sam’s oldest sister, Beverly, died from COVID complications at the age of 83 back in PA.   Though many of our family (Children, siblings & grand children) have had COVID, this is the first time that we lost one to the virus.    Janet also lost an uncle, Cloyse Drake, as a result of cancer.  Again, he was older, retired as a missionary & pastor in Oregon.   Death of loved ones and friends, reminds us that we will all face death one day and need to be ready to stand before God.  Have you accepted the gift of God? – salvation because of Christ’s death on our behalf.  So many today try to be good enough for Heaven, which is impossible.  Heaven is a place of perfection and none of us can meet that requirement.  That’s why God came as a man to pay sin’s penalty for us that we cannot pay.  That is why we are celebrating Christmas.  We hope you are celebrating with us and rejoicing in our Lord and Saviour.
In November, Sam was able to take part in another teleconference for Thanksgiving; reminding of all we have to be thankful for in Christ.  All went well with the connections and we are now planning for another teleconference for Christmas in the next couple of weeks on the question of just why Jesus came to earth as a man.  This is done by the Western Navajo Bible Conference and each time, they have an English speaker (Sam) and a Navajo pastor speaking in Navajo the following day.  Please pray as they prepare the messages and that God will also prepare the hearts of those who call in that Christians will be encouraged and that unbelievers will be saved and God glorified.
The final class for this semester of the Northern Arizona School of the Bible was held the last Mon. of November. The next semester is scheduled to begin in Feb.   Sam has really enjoyed spending this time in the Word of God teaching Bible Doctrines and  New Testament Survey.  
We have already been in contact with men that want to help again next summer in the construction of the radio station project in Thorne Bay,  Alaska.  There is still no electric to the property and a diesel powered generator will cost around $6,000. Pray that electric will become available.  It will eliminate this expense, but will also allow us to broadcast through the evening as there is presently a restriction to running generators during the evening hrs to reduce the noise created by generators.
Thank you so much for your interest in our ministry and your participation by praying and giving financially.  Thank you for your part in our ministry.



II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer
PS-Thank you for all the Christmas cards and gifts that you have sent us.  We do miss being with family during this season, so appreciate your including us in your celebrations.

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Each year, we try to visit our children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren that live along the east coast for Thanksgiving.  Therefore , we seldom send out a letter during the month of November but combine it with our December letter.  You haven’t been forgotten!


Recently we both lost a family member in death.  Sam’s oldest sister, Beverly, died from COVID complications at the age of 83 back in PA.   Though many of our family (Children, siblings & grand children) have had COVID, this is the first time that we lost one to the virus.    Janet also lost an uncle, Cloyse Drake, as a result of cancer.  Again, he was older, retired as a missionary & pastor in Oregon.   Death of loved ones and friends, reminds us that we will all face death one day and need to be ready to stand before God.  Have you accepted the gift of God? – salvation because of Christ’s death on our behalf.  So many today try to be good enough for Heaven, which is impossible.  Heaven is a place of perfection and none of us can meet that requirement.  That’s why God came as a man to pay sin’s penalty for us that we cannot pay.  That is why we are celebrating Christmas.  We hope you are celebrating with us and rejoicing in our Lord and Saviour.
In November, Sam was able to take part in another teleconference for Thanksgiving; reminding of all we have to be thankful for in Christ.  All went well with the connections and we are now planning for another teleconference for Christmas in the next couple of weeks on the question of just why Jesus came to earth as a man.  This is done by the Western Navajo Bible Conference and each time, they have an English speaker (Sam) and a Navajo pastor speaking in Navajo the following day.  Please pray as they prepare the messages and that God will also prepare the hearts of those who call in that Christians will be encouraged and that unbelievers will be saved and God glorified.


The final class for this semester of the Northern Arizona School of the Bible was held the last Mon. of November.  The next semester is scheduled to begin in Feb.   Sam has really enjoyed spending this time in the Word of God teaching Bible Doctrines and  New Testament Survey.  


We have already been in contact with men that want to help again next summer in the construction of the radio station project in Thorne Bay, Alaska.  There is still no electric to the property and a diesel powered generator will cost around $6,000. Pray that electric will become available.  It will eliminate this expense, but will also allow us to broadcast through the evening as there is presently a restriction to running generators during the evening hrs to reduce the noise created by generators.


Thank you so much for your interest in our ministry and your participation by praying and giving financially.  Thank you for your part in our ministry.


II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”


In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer


PS-Thank you for all the Christmas cards and gifts that you have sent us. We do miss being with family during this season, so appreciate your including us in your celebrations.

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Steve DeFord Sept/Oct 2021

Dear friends, family, and ministry supporters,
Thank you for your faithful support of Native American Indian
missions. Despite some COVID restrictions still in place on the
reservation, we have had a productive fall. We hosted an activity at our
home back in September. It was the first organized activity in many
months. We were encouraged to have all of our home-school families
out for a great time of fellowship and games.
Hualapai Baptist Church hosted our bi-annual missions conference in
September as well. Our congregation was blessed to have one of our
former missionaries, Joel Porcher, as our keynote speaker. The Porcher
family had ministered in Africa for a number of years and was greatly
used of the Lord there. Our conference took on an African theme as
both of our guest missionaries have been called to the continent as
well. As we “cast lots” the final night of the conference to determine
where God would have us take our next international trip the lot fell
on Israel! Normally, we would be planning this trip for 2022, but the
schedule looks as though February of 2023 will be more likely.

This school year will be Sherry’s last year to teach regularly in our co-
op. She has taught school for over 30 years! Not teaching next

academic year will enable her to travel with Steve and another couple
from our church on the Isreal trip. We’ve wanted to visit Isreal for as
long as we can remember, and now the Lord has granted that desire!
During the month of October, we were invited to present the ministry
among the American Indians at Campus Church in Pensacola, FL. We
flew to Charlotte, NC so Molly could spend the week with Jackie’s
family. We then drove on to Florida for an inspiring week with “He is
Worthy” as the theme. We received several inquiries regarding Native
work, and pray the Lord will send forth laborers into His harvest!
For God’s Glory,
Rev. Steven R. De Ford

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Messick October 2021

OCTOBER 2021

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High..”

                                                                                                                                          Psalm 92:1

Dear Ones in Him,

Recently we have been blessed by visits from missionaries, friends and family.

*It was a joy to have Gordon & Ruby Garcia in our home and to share their ministry with our

 church.  They have faithfully served as missionaries on the Tohono O’otham Reservation for

 many years.

*Another special  event was having our grandson, Micah with us for a week while on his fall

 break from school.

*Marty & Logan Roembke and their four children are missionaries on the Menominee

 Reservation in Wisconsin. Since our church supports their ministry, they came to report on

 the work, and spent several days with us.

*It was good to have Tim and Kathy Shubert, from Muncie, IN. attend our services while on

 vacation in AZ.

The Lord has impressed on us that we are at the stage in our life where we need to sell our home and downsize, so we are busy getting it ready to put on the market.  Please pray with us that it will sell quickly, and for the Lord’s leading as to where we should relocate.  We would like to stay in the Rimrock area, but are trusting the Lord for His guidance.

You may remember in our March news letter that we asked you to pray for Bob, as his wife had just died from a drug overdose, leaving him with three children to raise alone.  Bob is Anglo, his wife and children , Native Americans. He has faithfully come to church with his children for over a year.  The grandmother is taking him to court to try to have the children taken away from him.  The trial date is November 29th.  Please pray that God’s will be done in this situation.

PRAISES:

*for the generous unexpected donation towards the modular replacement 

*for the good health and protection of our family, friends, and church family

*for God’s abundant provision of our daily needs

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Bob – get back custody of his children

*Simon – Spiritual needs, alcohol addiction

*God’s leading and timing to supply a couple to take our place

*God’s provision of funds and for wisdom in the modular replacement

We are truly humbled by your faithfulness in prayer and support these many years. Wishing you a blessed thanksgiving.

In His love,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Jones November 2021

Dear Family and Friends,
      We want to thank you all for your prayers and your sacrificial giving these last few months! 
During the month of August, we were able to move into our new building. It’s a blessing to know we have a permanent place to meet for services. I feel unworthy to Pastor this church. God has been so good to my family and I! I can’t thank God enough for counting me faithful in putting me into the ministry. 
During the month of August, we were able to see 9 visitors attend New Haven Baptist Church! We were also able to have our first activity in our new building! We hosted a Hawaiian BBQ and a great time was had by all!
On August 27th, we were able to have our first Teen Activity for New Haven Baptist Church! We all went bowling and fellowshipped together.

At the end of August, we had our monthly Cocopah Teen event, which was a bowling event. Eight teens attended. Most notably, we got an opportunity to minister to several of our girls, who opened up to us about physical and emotional abuse they had experienced on the ride home.  We listened, cried, and prayed with them. Please PRAY that God will give them a reason to keep living despite their trauma.
The month of September was quite eventful!
A lady named Fawn started attending the church and has since been faithfully coming. Please pray that she will soon understand salvation! On September 5th, God allowed a young man named Isaac to join us as an intern at New Haven! He has assisted us with song leading, Sunday School, and the Thursday night Kid’s Club as well as many projects around the church!
September 5th-9th, Bro. and Mrs. Kaunakaff, Missionaries to Russia, helped us construct a nursery area and beautiful Pastoral office!! They were such a blessing and help to us! We now have a safe area for toddlers to play while the kids’ class is being taught!
On September 11th, we were able to take the Teens from New Haven and (Cocopah) Bethel Baptist to a youth conference hosted by West Branch at Cornerstone Baptist Church of Phoenix.
Praise the Lord we had one Teen accept Christ as his personal savior that day! The group was encouraged in their walk with the Lord during the preaching and had a great time during competitions!
On September 24th, we were able to host a Kid’s Nacho Night at New Haven for K5-5th Grade. The kids ate nachos, watched a Veggie Tales movie about God’s love, and played games at the church. We had 8 children attend. 

October was both eventful and challenging. At the beginning of the month, one of the teens from New Haven (who had recently accepted Christ) asked if he could help with cleaning the church building. He has been doing this faithfully every chance he can get! Praise the Lord for Justin’s desire to grow in Christ!
October 3rd, we had our first Baptist Sunday! Two Teens were baptized and two parents visited!
On October 8th, we had our Cocopah Teen Activity. The Teens played Capture the Flag and enjoyed pizza and snacks. We had 7 Teens attend!
More recently, we had a team from West Valley Baptist Church in Woodland, CA come out and redo the Kid’s Room with drywall as well as helping us drywall the auditorium!! The group ran out of time, and we were unsure of how to complete the work. God miraculously brought a man named Joseph to our property who happens to be a skilled drywaller and painter! We are so thankful that God sent us skilled laborers! 
Towards the end of October, Pastor and Mrs. Veldhuis tested positive for COVID and on October 23rd, Lydia tested positive for COVID as well. Thankfully, Samuel and I remain asymptomatic. Pastor and Mrs. Veldhuis are steadily improving. We thank you all for your prayers for Lydia! Her oxygen has been a bit low but is stabilized. She has been able to get treatment at home and via her Dr. She was also able to get the Regen-Cov infusion. She is slowly and steadily improving. Please continue to pray for her!
Please continue to pray and consider helping us with financial support as we move forward
 reaching Native Americans for Christ. 
God Bless!

Prayer Requests:
Salvations: Mariella, Satori, Ayla, A.J., Denisia, Marley, Airus, Jerry,  Jalen, Felix, Phoenix, Evan, Richard and his younger brother, Darrell, Vaughn and his family, Izadiah, Mitchell, Miracle, Lilah,  Millie, Rosie, Jazmyn, Cheryl, Fawn, Damin and others.

Spiritual Growth: Molly, Loren, Tyler, Lilly, Roxanna, & Alex, Justice, Jazmyn, Mya, Kayla, Vincent, Ammon, Lance and Justin.

Health: Lydia, Samuel, & Bro. and Mrs. Veldhuis COVID.

Personal: Wisdom, strength, Samuel’s future, health, pray for the funds to come in for us to fix our church van air conditioner. And pray for us to reach our goal  of 100% support. 

Ministries: Visitation, Cocopah Teen Ministry, van ministry, children’s ministry and New Haven Baptist Church.

Thank you all again for your prayers and your sacrificial giving!
                        Sincerely In Christ,
            Jacob, Lydia, and Samuel Jones
        Missionaries to the Native Americans
                     Cell: (928) 315- 5057
                     Email: jacobjones6064@gmail.com
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
“But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto.”

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Veldhuis November 2021

Dear Co-laborers in Christ,

     Meaningful follow up of the glorious fruit of summer’s neighborhood Bible Time and distant weeks of camp ‘midst the challenges of desert weather and constant facility and vehicle repairs bespeak the untold value of your prayers and sacrifice for our ongoing native ministries.   

     We owe you too much gratitude, however, to presume on your enabling or fail to recognize your personal labor with us in our Lord’s eyes:   “… For the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit… ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me” (Romans 15:30).   May this recounting of some of His blessings reward you as much as they have us!

     Where the conversions of 70-year-old Millie’s granddaughter and two of her three daughters had only hardened her in spirit worship and vocal opposition to the gospel, your prayers gave unction to our frequent pleas to trust in the Lord alone and brought her to saving faith in Christ this summer.  P.T.L. Millie is now growing in him and one of the most faithful adults despite severe arthritis!

     Mid-forties, Salvador and Lorie his wife grew much through weekly Bible studies and church attendance with their three children.  Affordable housing for them meant a residence in need of repairs, but the Lord also provided better income for them.  PRAY for their transportation and health needs as well as their teenage children’s legal and mental health needs.  Rightly rejoice that these enormous, combined pressures miraculously drove them to the Lord rather than to former substance abuse.

     The deaths of four 35- to 47-year-old men from substance abuse in September and October alone offer the strongest possible incentives to use every Biblical means to win young Cocopah to the Lord. The youngest man had professed faith as a teen; one had lived out of our contact; and the other two never accepted the earnest gospel invitations of our individual Bible studies or services. The Lord mercifully offered grace for grace in allowing us to assure saved children of their own eternal home after they had endured their loved one’s all-night hopeless wailing cremation ceremony.

     How thrilled we were by professions of faith or of assurance by Jaylon, Lilah, Lorenzo, Misty, and Violet through Neighborhood Bible Time. Largely saved juniors and teens loved and grew through Bill Rice’s west Branch Camp, while the Apache Creek Camp was cancelled because of flash flooding.

     The salvation and bit by bit maturation of young natives from universally broken and often abusive homes is a thrilling reality evidenced by their excitedly pulling family and friends to Bible clubs and church months or years after first coming.  This means driving without monitors to fill our largest bus on two reservations and still reach the third one by van.

     Between the Lord’s provisions for engine repairs by brother Nam and a bus yard for our body work we succeeded in keeping at least one bus usable through September’s 100 degree days.  North reservation Bible clubs took a break with the heat, NBT, and camps, but P.T.L. at least two of their families are now part of regular church pickups!

     Mid October brought a setback to in person ministries when all of us except Jacob and Samuel contracted Covid 19.  PRAY much for Dawn and Lydia’s full recovery as their respiratory diseases worsened, suppressing the full benefits of the normal treatment protocol and additional Regeneron infusion.  PRAY for the strength, wisdom, and resources while healing and resuming  all ministries to adequately prepare for our annual Native Revival looming , December 8-10 on our premises. 

     Our sincere and heartfelt gratitude for your remembering the following:

      PRAISES

  • 70-year-old Millie’s salvation after decades of rejection
  • Salvador’s successful foot surgery and better job
  • Michael’s further improved September cancer evaluation
  • Fully paid enormous bus repairs
  • Blessed September 21st meeting presenting the Cocopah ministry at Highway Bible Church near Sacramento, CA  
  • Our emergency funds covered a new church A/C system when the entire system failed in 110+ degree weather
  • Michael and Rebekah W’s assistance through their own physical hardships

      PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Healing of saved teen girls severely traumatized and doubting God over unpunished incestuous family abuse
  • Millie’s severe arthritis
  • Each of our full Covid recovery
  • Personal and ministry Vehicle repairs
  • Ladies and Girls Tea Party November 20th
  • Eternal fruit through the December Native Revival and Christmas ministry opportunities.
  • Travel and housing help for preachers coming for the revival from 200-700 miles away

            Sincerely in Christ, Michael and Dawn Veldhuis

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Grammer October 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,
Early this month, we spent 4 days on the Hopi Reservation, filling in for a missionary that had to be away.  No adults showed up but we had 3 teens for the teen night on Thurs. and 13 kids come to the “Kid’s Church” on Sunday afternoon.  During that time, Sam developed a bad cold which limited him as his voice became quite raspy.  He had to cancel his teaching at the Arizona School of the Bible the following day and then an opportunity to preach the next week.  Thankfully, he is much improved and back to teaching and preaching.  Thanks to all of you that pray for our health.

Also this month, we said “good-by” to 2 older ladies that we have ministered to in the past.  Mary was one of the students at Southwest School of Missions where Sam taught shortly after we moved to Arizona in 1972 (49 years ago!).  Basically, it was old age that moved her from this earthly life to her Home in Heaven.

This past week, Shirley also moved Home as a result of COVID.  She was a member of the Baptist Church in Tuba City and we got to know her while pastoring there for 6 years and 9 months. Because of COVID, her funeral will be “virtual” and Shirley wanted Sam to bring the message.  A recording was made of the message and will be broadcast once the funeral can be scheduled.  Pray that someone might respond to the message of salvation and come to Christ through this service.

What a blessing to her others tell how these women gave them the Gospel message and led them to Christ and then impacted their lives as they challenged them to live for our Lord.  As one daughter said, these were “See You Later” celebrations.

Sam has also been asked to help the Western Navajo Bible Fellowship with a Thanksgiving message that will be done via the phone lines, due to the COVID restrictions on the Navajo Reservation.  The Navajo Family Bible Conference was held this past summer in this way and is the same group of Believes that are planning the Thanksgiving service  using the same technology.  Please pray with us as preparations are made that Christ will be glorified and Believers encouraged.

We do appreciate you folks as you pray and give to keep us ministering to the American Indians.  Thank you for your part in our ministry.



II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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